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Goal 4: 1. EU Programmes likely to be relevant for libraries (a selection)

Active inclusion

Active inclusion means enabling every citizen, notably the most disadvantaged, to fully participate in society, including having a job. The Social Investment Package (SIP) stresses the importance of activating and enabling services: a) Job training and search assistance; b) access to basic bank accounts; c) Energy inclusion; d) Adequate income support.The European Social Fund provides support for implementing active inclusion strategies to tackle poverty and social exclusion at national level.

https://ec.europa.eu/esf/home.jsp?langId=en

EU programme for employment and social innovation (EaSI)

The  (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions. EaSI is managed directly by the European Commission. It supports: a) the modernisation of employment and social policies with the PROGRESS axis; b) job mobility with the EURES axis; c) access to micro-finance and social entrepreneurship with the Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship axis.

https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1081

European Social Fund Plus (2021-2027)

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to further strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a new and improved European Social Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and a more effective European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The ESF+ Regulation will integrate the current ESF, YEI, FEAD, EaSI and the EU Health programme, with ESF being complementary to other funds (such as the EGF, Erasmus, AMIF, ERDF, RSP, InvestEU). 

https://ec.europa.eu/esf/main.jsp?catId=67&langId=en&newsId=9118

Erasmus + Education and training 2020 strategic framework - European higher education in the world

By promoting foreign study and training, the Erasmus+ programme aims to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion.  It also supports ET2020, the EU's strategic framework for education and training. 

For over 30 years, the EU has funded the Erasmus programme, which has enabled over three million European students to spend part of their studies at another higher education institution or with an organisation in Europe.   Now, Erasmus+ gives individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds the chance to learn in a foreign country - students, staff, trainees, teachers, volunteers and more.

Organisations can also benefit from the program, and may engage in a number of development and networking activities - including strategic improvement of the professional skills of their staff, organisational capacity building, and creating transnational cooperative partnerships with organisations from other countries in order to produce innovative outputs or exchange best practices.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en

EURES. The European Job Mobility Portal

EURES is a cooperation network designed to facilitate the free movement of workers within the EU 28 countries plus Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The network is composed of: the European Coordination Office (ECO), the National Coordination Offices (NCOs), EURES Partners and the Associated EURES Partners.

https://ec.europa.eu/eures/public/en/homepage

CEDEFOP

Cedefop is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. Founded (1) in 1975 and based in Greece since 1995, Cedefop supports development of European vocational education and training (VET) policies and contributes to their implementation. 

Cedefop works to strengthen European cooperation and provide the evidence on which to base European VET policy. Cedefop’s added value is the high quality of its comparative analyses and expertise gathered through research and networking, which are used to: a) Provide technical advice and propose ideas for VET policies; b) Fill knowledge gaps and generating new insights that identify trends in and challenges for VET; c) Increase awareness of VET’s image and importance; d) Bring together policy-makers, social partners, researchers and practitioners to share ideas and debate the best ways to improve VET policies; e) Support and encourage joint European approaches, principles and tools to improve VET.

https://www.cedefop.europa.eu/

Persons with disabilities

The EU promotes the active inclusion and full participation of disabled people in society, in line with the EU human rights approach to disability issues. Disability is a rights issue and not a matter of discretion. This approach is also at the core of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), to which the EU is a party.

https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1137#navItem-relatedDocuments

Private sector development

The overarching goal of the European Union’s efforts aimed at private sector development is to engage this sector in the fight against poverty, and to support the private sector in its role as a driver of job creation, a provider of goods and services and a generator of the public revenues needed to underpin economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development.

To achieve this, the EU has developed an approach to strengthening the role of the private sector in achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.

https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sectors/economic-growth/private-sector-development_en

Skills and Vocational Education and Training – International Cooperation and Development

Quality and relevant vocational education and training, or VET, can provide people, and especially youth, with the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the jobs of today or tomorrow. The provision of relevant job skills can therefore be a robust means of empowering people to seize employment opportunities or equip them for self-employment. The VET Toolbox(link is external) works with partner countries to strengthen their capacity to implement VET and labour market reforms, enhancing labour market relevance and employability for all.

https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sectors/human-development/skills-and-vocational-training-policy_en 

Mobility and Cooperation in higher education

Learning mobility is an opportunity for students to develop valuable skills and to expand their horizons by going abroad to study or undertake training. The benefits of mobility are widely recognised. Going abroad to study or to train helps people to develop their professional, social and intercultural skills, as well as enhancing their employability. Higher education students who undertake a mobility period abroad are more likely to find employment one year after graduation. 

https://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/higher-education/mobility-and-cooperation_en

EU Youth Strategy

The EU Youth Strategy is the framework for EU youth policy cooperation for 2019-2027, based on the Council Resolution of 26 November 2018. EU youth cooperation shall make the most of youth policy's potential. It fosters youth participation in democratic life; it also supports social and civic engagement and aims to ensure that all young people have the necessary resources to take part in society.

https://ec.europa.eu/youth/policy/youth-strategy_en


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